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I manage to get my lovely husband to build me a frame to put over my raised beds this year and i went to my local dfs (the original one!) to get some plastic. I put this up in the spring. I'm not sure but i think that the plastic was shading my veg bed and stopping the light getting through when i rolled the one side up that side had no shadow but the side that wasn't rolled up had a shadow. Is this because it's not the right type of plastic? I just can't reallyy afford to buy horticultural plastic. Any ideas please would be most helpful



Any clear plastic will work, but white, black, or "foggy" plastic will cause problems for most veggies, which need maximum sun to bear properly, especially in the UK! Horticultural plastic is usually just of a thickness to last a bit longer, or sometimes treated to resist damage from ultraviolet light, for the same purpose. The very best brands will let some ultraviolet light in, since that is beneficial to plants, but they can be hard to find.

21 Sep, 2010


thanx very muchfor the help i won't be buying any then as the plastic i got was completely clear. I'll give it another try. i bet your problem isn't sunlight but water?!

21 Sep, 2010


True, though sun can be a problem on the wrong side--my neighbor there has so many shade trees they're blacking out a quarter of my lot! Shouldn't complain, though, my cooling bills are much lower because of it. : )

21 Sep, 2010

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